What Power Supply Is Required For A Motorised Patio Awning?

Our electric patio awnings with or without LED under awning lighting draw around 1.1amps, although at start up (activation of motor) this draw can double circa 2.2amps. The tubular motor, which is built inside the patio awning contained in the rollertube to either the left or right-hand side, has a sealed standard 3 core, (live, neutral, earth) black power cable, exiting it, which is 5m in length.

The power cable is simply fitted with a 3 or 5amp fused rated 3 pin plug and plugged into a standard socket or wired into a standard fuse spur again fitted with a 3 or 5amp fuse. Given the typical mounting height of a patio awning (around first-floor level) it is normal for the power cable to run through a sealed capped hole into the adjacent first-floor room (bedroom) and be plugged into a spare socket here.

When an awning is fitted with an infra-red heater, an additional socket or fuse spur is required to connect the heater to, which should be fused at 13amp, as the heaters draw 2kw each.

A motor power cable is never cut shorter than 1m, as the first 1m of the power cable contains the antenna for the awning motor and cutting this reduces the operating range which is typically 200m in open space or 20m through two reinforced concrete walls but can vary due to local electronic devices such as phone masts.

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